Monday, March 21, 2016

The Second Amendment is Under Fire

Guest Columnist NavyJack: The Second Amendment is Under Fire

Guest Columnist NavyJack: The Second Amendment is Under Fire

The Second Amendment is Under Fire


By NavyJack

President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The President could not have picked anyone more dangerous to the preservation of our Constitution; especially the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
As a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Merrick Garland supported a DC gun ban in 2007. He voted to reconsider DC v. Heller. Heller was the landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held in a 5-4 decision that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. A subsequent case, known as McDonald v. Chicago, extended the Heller ruling to the states.
The McDonald decision prevents states, cities and other legislative bodies from restricting the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment as defined by Heller. The Heller and McDonald decisions are the defensive line protecting our freedom from legislative and executive overreach. They are both now hanging by a thread.
The Heller and McDonald decisions are Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy. I cannot imagine a more disrespectful action towards the memory of this great man than to nominate his nemesis as his replacement. With the assistance of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah), this is exactly what President Obama has done.
In a 2000 case, Merrick Garland voted to maintain a registration of gun owners, supporting efforts by the Clinton administration to use the instant check system to illegally retain gun owners’ names. As of this morning, at least seven GOP U.S. Senators have agreed to meet with Merrick Garland to start the process of confirmation:
• Susan Collins (Maine)
• Jeff Flake (Arizona)
• Mark Kirk (Illinois)
• Roy Blunt (Missouri)
• Thad Cochran (Mississippi)
• James Inhofe (Oklahoma)
• Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire)
In addition to the list above, Senator Orin Hatch (Utah) not only recommended Merrick Garland’s nomination to President Obama, he is supported by Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) on the Senate Judiciary Committee that is tasked with oversight of the nomination process. If Merrick Garland is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he will work to implement a gun registration, adopt semi-automatic and handgun bans, and even allow the “DHS/FBI Terrorist Watch-list” to be used
to prevent law abiding citizens from owning a firearm.
The timing of Merrick Garland’s nomination is critical and suspicious. On March 4, 2016, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed to rehear a case that could potentially deal a blow to a Maryland gun control law that bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The ruling in this case would set the precedence for lifting of similar bans in other states, including CT and NY. This 4th Circuit panel ruling is entirely contingent on the DC v. Heller Supreme Court decision. Regardless of how the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals rules, the escalation of this case to the U.S. Supreme Court will provide Judge Garland with the exact case needed to overturn Heller.
All Oath Keepers are asked to take the following actions:
1. If your Senator is one of the GOP members listed above that has either supported the Merrick Garland nomination or agreed to meet with him to initiate the confirmation process, you need to call their office today to voice your disapproval. Your Senator’s contact information is available at:
2. Use the following link provided by the National Rifle Association to take action:
3. Use the following link provided by Gun Owners of America to write your representatives regarding this attempted breech of your Second Amendment rights:

Oath Keepers leadership will do its’ best to keep our members informed and provide the tools and guidance needed to maintain our rights as guaranteed by The U.S. Constitution.

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Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran.


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American Eagle Suppressor 9mm

American Eagle now offers their Suppressor ammo in 9mm 124-grain.
American Eagle now offers their Suppressor ammo in 9mm 124-grain.
The folks at American Eagle have been quietly releasing a family of suppressor friendly ammunition. So far, I’ve tried it in 300 Blackout, 45 ACP, and .22 LR. Now, the company is shipping 124-grain 9mm ammo in the Suppressor brand family. I got my hands on a stash and brought it to the range with my trusty Beretta 92 with a threaded barrel and, for good measure, a Sig Sauer P226 Single Action Only. Thanks to our friends at Silencer Shop, I also packed three different 9mm suppressors: AAC’s Illusion 9mm, Gemtech’s GM-9, and Surefire’s Ryder 9Ti. Just for fun, and to compare the 9mm cans against an oversized one, I also brought my SilencerCo Octane 45.

No More Tactical Facials?

When someone labels ammo “Suppressor” on the box, it’s safe to assume that it will be subsonic. Sure, you can shoot supersonic ammunition through a suppressor too, and it makes a big impact in reducing the overall blast noise level, but you still have the sound of the miniature sonic boom traveling down range. As we’ll get to in a minute, the Suppressor 9mm load is subsonic, but that’s not the big thing.
To explain what is the big feature, let me provide a quick bit of background. The Beretta 92 / M9 is a great gun to suppress. The recoil action moves the barrel straight back rather than back and then tilting the barrel up. When you have a suppressor on a gun with a tilting barrel recoil design, the recoil forces not only have to pull the suppressor backward, but there has to be enough “oomph” to lift the muzzle, with the added weight of the suppressor, upward. Fortunately, silencer companies have largely solved reliability issues for this issue with the use of spring booster mechanisms, so this is not a big a deal as it used to be.
I've been testing it - a lot - with just a few different 9mm and .45 suppressors...
I’ve been testing it – a lot – with just a few different 9mm and .45 suppressors…
Back to the Beretta. It’s super reliable when shooting suppressed, but the open slide design has a little bit of a drawback. With most ammunition, you’ll get anywhere from a small to large face full of burnt powder grit every time you pull the trigger. It’s one of the joys of suppressed pistol shooting. Add some liquid to your can and you get an extra special bonus – a wet face full of grit.
During my first outing with American Eagle’s Suppressor 9mm ammo, I shot it – a lot – from the Beretta 92FS. I was testing four difference pistol silencers, hence the abnormally high shooting volume. A couple of magazines in I noticed something. I was not getting a Silencer Facial – at all. Thinking I must be imagining things, I loaded the next mag with some standard 9mm practice ammo – and the powder blast to the face returned.
I know the American Eagle folks have done stuff to the powder blend in the Suppressor line to reduce fouling and muzzle blast, but apparently the good side effect is less residue coming back at you too. Very nice, unless you want to lose those unattractive blackheads.


It’s not like this ammo is made for bullseye competitions, but I wanted to see what it would do regardless. On my first outing with it, I shot four consecutive five-shot groups from a range of 25 yards. I used a Sig Sauer P226 Single Action Only. In the past, this particular gun has proven to be exceptionally accurate, so I figured it would provide a good platform from which to get an indication of the ammo’s consistency. I did add a Bushnell 3500 Handgun Scope with a UM Tactical Mount so I could remove the “iron sights and old eyes” variable from the equation. I also created a solid rest with a Blackhawk! Titan III rest anchored by a 25-pound bag of lead shot.
For lower cost plinking ammo, it'll shoot pretty well.
For lower cost plinking ammo, it’ll shoot pretty well.
With this setup, I measured the following five-shot groups:
2.23 inches
1.63 inches
3.25 inches
2.60 inches
That averages out to just 2.43 inches.


One of the main purposes of this ammo line is to be as suppressor friendly as possible, so it’s subsonic. Where I shoot, an average temperature might be around 75 degrees, and I’m just a few feet above sea level, so the speed of sound is approximately 1,133 feet per second. To see how the American Eagle Suppressor ammo compared to that number, I shot a bunch of it through a Shooting Chrony Beta Master Chronograph placed 15 feet down range.
I used a variety of suppressed and unsuppressed configurations and got the following results.
Average velocity numbers.
Average velocity numbers.
For two of the gun configurations, I ran extended strings to get decent figures for extreme spread and standard deviation.
The Beretta 92FS, Unsuppressed velocity numbers had an extreme spread between highest and lowest velocity of 67 feet per second with standard deviation of 21.13. The Beretta with the Surefire Ryder attached resulted in a spread of 82 feet per second and standard deviation of 23.49.
One pleasant surprise was that there was no "powder in the face" as is usual when shooting the Beretta 92FS suppressed.
One pleasant surprise was that there was no “powder in the face” as is usual when shooting the Beretta 92FS suppressed.

Bottom Line

It’s not hard to find ammo, even 9mm ammo, that will run subsonic. If the 124-grain options are too close to the sound barrier, then just move to 147-grain 9mm ammo. Most of that runs comfortably in subsonic ranges. But the velocity is just part of the deal. The winner for me, and something I didn’t expect when I decided to field test this ammo, was the complete lack of suppressor facials. While I didn’t have practical way to test for reduced fouling over time against other ammunition, I have to think that the lack of crud blowing backward is going to keep my suppressed pistol cleaner a lot longer. Usually, crud is encouraged by the silencer to take up residence in the action quicker than the Donald can insult Jeb. The chamber area and top section of magazines get thoroughly coated with powder residue after just a couple of magazines.
If there’s ammo that keeps my gun cleaner and my face unmolested, I’m all for it.

IWI UZI Pro SB–THE 21st Century UZI

Odds are you have heard of the UZI. The UZI was (and for some, still is) the epitome of the submachine gun. It has been the gun chosen by the elite and used by the masses. It started as a heavy weight submachine gun designed for military use.
The arm brace is a great addition to the Pro and is a welcome step between the naked pistol and the full on SBR.
The arm brace is a great addition to the Pro and is a welcome step between the naked pistol and the full on SBR.
The original UZI weighed in at nearly 8 pounds and measured 19 inches in length. As time progressed the UZI became smaller, lighter, and ultimately more efficient. With the following generations the UZI progressed into the Mini, then later the Micro and now the UZI Pro. Ultimately IWI has sold more than 2,000,000 UZIs and has exported them to over 90 countries. In short these guns have been used by more military, law enforcement and security companies than any other submachine gun in history.
The history of the UZI may be impressive, but what good does that do for the US firearms market? We can’t own machine guns manufactured after 1986, so what does IWI have for us?
IWI is now importing a new version of the latest and greatest UZI just for the US civilian market. The UZI Pro is more or less a neutered version of the current service model being employed around the globe, and it is being imported into the US as a pistol.


  • Caliber                         9mm Luger (9x19mm)
  • Operating System     Blowback
  • Magazine Capacity   Included: 1-20 round and 1-25 round. Optional: 32 round magazine
  • Barrel Type                Cold hammer forged, CrMoV
  • Barrel Length            4.5″
  • Overall Length           10″ w/brace folded, 18” extended
  • Weight                         4.5 lbs.
  • Rifling                         Right Hand, 1:10 inch twist
  • Sights                          Adjustable Target Sights
  • MSRP –                      $1,299


The UZI Pro is a pistol built around the traditional UZI telescopic bolt / blow back design. The compact pistol has traditional UZI features such as the grip safety, the slide safety, steel stick magazines and ratcheting barrel nuts. From that point forward the gun departs from the old formula.
Broken down.
Broken down.
For fans of the wide wide world of optics lights and lasers, 1913 rails have been added to both the frame and top cover of the gun. Because this is an incredibly compact design, the frame’s rail sticks out a bit. The charging handle has been moved to the side of the gun. The lower portion of the pistol is now made form polymer and the magazine release has been moved under the trigger guard. Most importantly IWI has incorporated a side folding arm brace into the gun. The arm brace is manufactured by SB Tactical and it truly does a great job of taming the already mild recoil of the UZI pro.
The brace, when folded, can get in the way. But it makes the gun much shorter.
The brace, when folded, can get in the way. But it makes the gun much shorter.
With such a compact frame, the rail section had to be extended out in front.
With such a compact frame, the rail section had to be extended out in front.
The UZI Pro has what some would consider a heavy trigger pull. I’m not sure if Israelis just like heavy triggers, or what–but the trigger on the UZI Pro is stout. Breaking at 9lbs, it is very similar to a double action revolver’s trigger. Heavy with a lot of travel. However, it is manageable and still capable of delivering accurate shots, but it will take you a few rounds to acclimate to it.
Now let’s talk about safeties. The UZI Pro is what I’d call a very safe gun to carry. It incorporates two manual safeties and one passive safety. With a thumb safety and a grip safety, there is little chance of this thing going bang when you don t want it to. However, in the chance that it gets dropped, it also incorporates a firing pin block that will prevent accidental discharge.
Oversized controls are easy to find, even with gloved hands.
Oversized controls are easy to find, even with gloved hands.


Military firearms don’t always focus on ergonomics. Functionality doesn’t generally breed comfort. The UZI Pro seems to get 99% of it right. From the light weight of the polymer lower to the left side charging handle, the Uzi Pro just does it better than its predecessors. The oversized magazine release is easy to use. The lower is molded to accommodate large hands and it provides just enough traction that recoil doesn’t unseat your grip. Magazine changes have also been simplified by the bevel on the mag-well, which works as a funnel.
The SB Tactical side-folding brace brings an extra point of contact to the firearm, making it even more controllable. Using the brace as specified by the manufacturer (and the fine folks at the ATF), I found the shooting experience to be vastly improved. Recoil was tamed and muzzle rise was alleviated. With the Pro strapped to your wrist, you may feel a bit like Robocop. But strapping this one down works better than a lot of the larger pistols I’ve shot that had braces. Some are simply too heavy. You strap them on and lose most of the dexterity required to manipulate a large firearm. But the UZI Pro is light enough to be more maneuverable.
The mag-well on the Pro is beveled and easy to find with the stick mags.
The mag-well on the Pro is beveled and easy to find with the stick mags.
Braced on the arm. At just 4.5 pounds, this is one of the easiest guns to brace like this.
Braced on the arm. At just 4.5 pounds, this is one of the easiest guns to brace like this.
Bracing off the cheek, though, allows for more accurate shot placement.
Bracing off the cheek, though, allows for more accurate shot placement.
Using the brace off of my cheek, I found improved accuracy. As functional as this is as a pistol, I think it is a solid candidate for SBR status. With a simple form 1, this could be a great rifle for concealment. With the brace folded up, it is a chunk of gun, but it would still fit neatly in a pack or bag.
When not in use you can easily fold the Brace to the side. When its folded up it makes shooting the gun a bit difficult. However, you can slide the brace an inch or too forward and it stays out of your way while shooting the gun like a traditional pistol.

How does it shoot?

Shooting the UZI Pro is like any other Handgun or pistol caliber carbine. Recoil is negligible. The sights are adequate and the controls are right where they need to be. With the brace removed, I found the gun to be controllable but a bit wild. The gun just wants to do the wave. Add a single point sling, though, or the SB Tactical brace and it levels out. The extra weight is useful for controlling the muzzle rise.
Reliability and UZI have always been synonymous. The UZI Pro does not stray form that reputation. During the review, I put the gun through the paces. Feeding it a steady diet of of over 500 rounds of IMI 115gr EX-STAR 9mm and remanufactured Freedom Munitions 9mm, I had no malfunctions. Though this review wasn’t designed as a torture test, I suspect the the Pro would do exceptionally well in adverse conditions.
With every pull of the trigger it is clear that this is an UZI. Everything about it screams UZI and for me and allot of gun nuts this is the exact reason to buy this gun. Its been many years since legitimate Israeli UZI’s have been imported into the country. For me and many others fans of the UZI it has just been to long.

Accuracy of the Uzi Pro SB

The UZI isn’t known for accuracy. This is a compact package meant to get lead on-target fast. What some sub-guns do with accuracy, the old UZIs did with volume and rate of fire. With the UZI Pro, though, this is all changing–as well it should. This is a semi-auto. It should shoot as good as any pistol with a 4.5″ barrel–or even better, thanks to the extra mass.
From 7 meters, without the brace.
From 7 meters, without the brace.
Same distance, braced.
Same distance, braced.
I shot the pistol from 7 meters for the accuracy testing portion of this review. With the brace folded, I was able to consistently put down 2.5-inch groups. With the arm brace extended, I shot tighter 5 shot groups. No surprise. Clean 1-inch groups are easy. Moving out to 15 and then 30 meters, I was still able to make clean and fast hits on target. At the end of the day, the UZI Pro SB is not a precision rifle, but it functions as good as many pistol caliber carbines.
Front sight, adjustable for height.
Front sight, adjustable for height.
Rear sight with extra white dots to help line up the front sight.
Rear sight with extra white dots to help line up the front sight. Just kidding–those white dots between the sights are glares.

In the end

The UZI Pro SB is a welcome addition to the US firearms market. For many of us, it has been a long time coming. The UZI Pro (which has no folding brace) and Pro SB (with the SB Tactical brace) are now available and can be brought home today. $1,099 for the standard model and $1,299 for the SB version tested here, they aren’t exactly bargain bin guns–but an old IMI UZI carbine sells for $2000 and the pistols sell for $2500 or so.
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The upper, broken down.
The upper, broken down.
The Pro comes with one 20 and one 25 round stick mag.
The Pro comes with one 20 and one 25 round stick mag.
The polymer lower.
The polymer lower.
The brace folded. Like this, the Pro becomes an easily concealed gun.
The brace folded. Like this, the Pro becomes an easily concealed gun.